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[audio]Podcast 7.2: Origins part 1 - Ancient Near Eastern Combat Myths - Philip A. Harland
Here I go back to the earliest Mesopotamian mythologies (starting about 3000 BCE) about the gods in order to trace a recurring pattern -- labeled the "combat myth" by scholars -- that later came to play a role in Judean (Jewish) apocalypticism. In particular I explore stories about a chaotic god or monster threatening the order of the universe and a young god's success in slaying the monster to restore order.
Keywords: apocalypticism; apocalyptic; armageddon; ancient judaism; early christianity; end of the world; millenialism; millenarian; mesopotamia; combat myth; ninurta; anzu; baal; yamm; yahweh; leviathan; behemoth; rahab
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